The Law Society aims to raise awareness of the law among the general public by providing basic information as an initial reference point on legal issues, and information on where to seek legal help.
The Law Society, through its Law Awareness Committee, organizes Law Awareness Projects to reach out to the community and increase public understanding of the law. In 2015, the Law Society collaborated with the five Community Development Councils (CDCs) of Singapore to host Law Awareness Week 2015 @ CDC (LAW). This was the first time that the CDCs worked with the Law Society to introduce a series of law talks to the residents in the public and private estates across the five CDC districts. In 2016, the Law Awareness Week (LAW @CDC 2016) was launched on 3 September 2016. The Guest-of-Honor at the launch was Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Teo Chee Hean. In total, there were 75 legal talks covering 15 different topics and there were 37 volunteer lawyers involved in LAW @CDC 2016.
A volunteer lawyer, Mr Richard Seow, receiving his Certificate of Appreciation from DPM Teo Chee Hean at the launch of Law@CDC 2016. From left to right: Ms Lim Kar Yee, Mr Teo Ser Luck, Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mr Richard Seow (volunteer lawyer), DPM Teo Chee Hean and Mr Thio Shen Yi, SC.
As part of the Law Society’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the law among the general public, the Law Society has produced and circulated the “Know the Law NOW!” publication. ‘Know the Law NOW!’ describes in laymen’s terms, the commonly encountered areas of the law ranging from the Singapore Court system, to making various civil claims and of particular emphasis is a section on family and matrimonial matters.
The Law Society has also established a Pro Bono Services Office as part of its mission in ensuring access to justice for the needy.